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Raspberry Pi 5 announced - still tiny, much more powerful

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Well this is a nice surprise to wake up to on a Thursday, as the Raspberry Pi 5 is now formally announced with some impressive specs. So here's the details.

Coming at the end of October you'll be able to grab either a 4GB ($60 / £60) or 8GB ($80 / £80) model. They say "virtually every aspect of the platform has been upgraded" and that it's "over twice as fast as its predecessor" with their own silicon designed in-house in the UK.

Key Features:

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU
  • VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
  • Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output
  • 4Kp60 HEVC decoder
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • High-speed microSD card interface with SDR104 mode support
  • 2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation
  • 2 × USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT, coming soon)
  • 2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
  • PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
  • Real-time clock
  • Power button

They made two videos to go along with the announcement, one without talking and one with Eben Upton going over the details, both can be viewed below:

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If you're after benchmarks, it seems they sent Phoronix an early unit. Going by their benchmarks, it really is an impressive leap over the RPi4. I'm trying to convince myself I don't need it…

With new hardware, comes new software, and so they will also be releasing a brand new version of their first-party Raspberry Pi OS, built on top of the most recent Debian release and that will release mid-October shortly before the RPi5 launches officially in late-October.

The announcement post goes over a little history, including a note about how they managed to sell over 14 million of the RPi4 which is pretty impressive.

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const Sep 28, 2023
Hope they sent a prototype to the box86 devs :D
StoneColdSpider Sep 28, 2023
Pi 5 Australian prices......

4GB $103.41 Dollarydoos.......
8GB $137.92 Dollarydoos......

https://raspberry.piaustralia.com.au/products/raspberry-pi-5

For comparison a Pi 4 is......

1GB $59.00 Dollarydoos
2GB $73.80 Dollarydoos
4GB $94.00 Dollarydoos
8GB $129.00 Dollarydoos

https://raspberry.piaustralia.com.au/products/raspberry-pi-4
Sil_el_mot Sep 28, 2023
Now I'm really considering whether, how, and where I might need it. I want one purely for the sake of having it, but sadly, I don't need that power at the moment
Vasya Sovari Sep 28, 2023
my bedroom art studio runs on a Pi 4, which ... struggles. This is an auto-buy.
Only downside is losing the 3.5mm jack, as I use a soundbar
Pengling Sep 28, 2023
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Good to see, but not for me - they make great hardware (though the RPi4 ran astonishingly hot, and I can't imagine how hot the RPi5 will run!), but I'm just not a fan of how they've traditionally handled the software side.

They lost me after automatically trusting a Microsoft repository with zero information, interaction, or permission as part of a standard apt update, and then told those who were concerned that it was for their own good and they were spreading FUD by being concerned about it, before removing posts about it altogether.
const Sep 28, 2023
Quoting: PenglingGood to see, but not for me - they make great hardware (though the RPi4 ran astonishingly hot, and I can't imagine how hot the RPi5 will run!), but I'm just not a fan of how they've traditionally handled the software side.

They lost me after automatically trusting a Microsoft repository with zero information, interaction, or permission as part of a standard apt update, and then told those who were concerned that it was for their own good and they were spreading FUD by being concerned about it, before removing posts about it altogether.

Don't know about any of that, but guess you wouldn't make that up.
What holds me back is that I bought quite a lot of pis over the years and hardly used them. There are quite a lot of ideas what I want to do with them, but I hardly find energy to do such things these days. Also, some of my old devices crash quite often, even though I use official plugs and solid, expensive cases. With my SteamDeck handling emulation better then they ever could, I don't know why I'd need a pi with such power. Maybe as a secondary PC when I need to boot Windows on my desktop for work or VR... but only after a modern distribution is available.
Arehandoro Sep 28, 2023
I like the update, but I honestly think they'd be better off removing microsd and adding ssd.
const Sep 28, 2023
Quoting: ArehandoroI like the update, but I honestly think they'd be better off removing microsd and adding ssd.
Let's hope they have reserved enough bandwith for a SSD expansion module. It makes sense to keep microsd for those who want to run it fanless.
ex1tium Sep 28, 2023
Pleasant surprise! Ordered two with active coolers and PSUs as soon as I woke up. Seems to be limited to 1 per customer in all stores so had to shop around a bit. I'll finally be able to fill the empty spaces in my 19" 1U rack. Pi4 impossible to find and expensive for a long time now but it's been running my home automation faithfully for years.
Pengling Sep 28, 2023
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Quoting: constDon't know about any of that, but guess you wouldn't make that up.
It happened back in February 2021 - there's an article that gave a good rundown about it and the fallout here.

It was enough to put me off, in the end - I didn't want to see a British educational charity co-opted for the interests of a foreign outside business, and I don't feel comfortable with supporting that, personally.
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